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VOL. 5, NO. 33
AUGUST 15, 2011
Dead End BBQ owner shares with West High School
By Betty Bean
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Business is booming at Dead End BBQ, and co-owner George Ewart is once again sharing the restaurant’s success with Sutherland Avenue neighbor West High School. Last week, he kicked off the new school year by presenting to principal Katherine Banner a check for $5,100 – a dollar for every Rebel Yell Burger sold during the business’s second year. Last year, Rebel Yell Burgers made $900 for the school. The money is designated for athletics programs, and Banner said it will probably be used to refinish the gym floor. Ewart said his children were the inspiration for this gift, particularly his son Julian, a West High School graduate and special needs student, who was football, basketball and baseball manager for four years and is moving on with his life and doing well. His daughter Mallory graduated last year, and is a student at DePaul University where she is a member of the track team. His son Alex is a member of the West High School football team and is in the school’s first International Baccalaureate Program class. Ewart, whose day job is as an architect with George Armour Ewart Architects, is president of the football boosters club and says he knows how much athletics, as well as academics, have meant to his children. “I am just trying to give back to our community,” he said. The Rebel Yell Burger is an 8-ounce Black Angus burger with brisket rub and barbecue sauce, cheese and bacon.
Bearden High welcomes four new teachers, one guidance counselor
Science vs. God
By Natalie Lester
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By Larry Van Guilder (Second in a series) Prison is a growth industry, one of the few that can make such a claim in the sour U.S. economy. And while local governments from Knox County to New York watch treatment resources
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dwindle or remain stagnant, drug addicts and their suppliers add to the rising inmate population. The longterm consequences are too expensive to ignore, but the immediate costs for a solution are a hard sell for already strained budgets. John Gill is a special prosecutor in Attorney General Randy Nichols’ office. Gill characterizes the dilemma as “a real balancing act” in which the safety of the community must be weighed against the choice of incarceration or treatment. Gill says property crimes in Knox County are “almost always” drug
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As Bearden High opens its doors on the 2011-2012 school year today, five new staff members will welcome students. New BHS teachers Chris Foster, Rebecca Nutter, Richard Robinson and Steven Stewart begin their careers today, along with new New teachers Chris Foster, Rebecca Nutter and Steven Stewart start their first year at Bearden High School today. Photos by N. Lester To page A-3
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related, and a dangerous trend has developed. Some addicts are now so desperate they will enter a home that may or may not be occupied during the day. Even these bold burglars may not be locked away immediately, however. In Knox County, Gill says, nonviolent offenders “probably get two or three bites at the apple” (probation) before they serve time, and those who do end up behind bars have earned it. “There is almost nobody in jail in the U.S. for simple possession of drugs,” Gill says. It can be difficult for local governments to tally the social costs of drug addiction when deciding how to allocate resources, but those costs are substantial. Gill says some studies estimate an offender may rack up $400,000 in thefts before being caught the first time. Criminal Court Judge Bobby McGee routinely deals with the violent and nonviolent crimes spawned by drug addiction. McGee says probation or judicial diversion in lieu of
jail time is a “case by case” decision. Among other issues, the trial court considers whether judicial diversion serves the interest of the public as well as the accused. From his days as an attorney, McGee recalls what he a calls a “classic example” of judicial diversion that was right for the community and the offender. A University of Tennessee student majoring in nuclear physics with a 4.0 GPA was admiring a ring in a jewelry store when “he snapped” and grabbed the ring. Security guards quickly apprehended him. McGee successfully argued for judicial diversion for the student. As the judge notes, there is a need for nuclear physicists. But the judge’s student is the atypical offender. “The criminal justice system is costly and it will probably continue to become more costly,” McGee says. “It’s fueled by drugs.” McGee served on the Sessions Court bench before moving over to Criminal Court. He recalls how the
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appearance of crack cocaine on the streets “changed everything.” McGee and Gill agree that administering a justice system bloated by drug related crime is expensive. Gill notes the recidivism rate is high even with competent treatment for addiction. Adding the chronically mentally ill who weave in and out of the county jail to the ledger creates a recipe for looming fiscal and social catastrophe. The proposed safety center for mental health crisis intervention needs a commitment of about $1.7 million for 10 years in order to secure a $1.5 million HUD construction grant. The project has stalled. “We are spending the money now,” Nichols said last fall. “We can build more jails or (do something that will) actually help people.” Inaction isn’t a choice. The cost of expanded treatment for addicts and the mentally ill pales when stacked up against new $20 million jail pods and dozens of Gill’s $400,000 career burglars. We can pay now, or we can pay (much more) later.
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Monthly happenings at Mercy Medical Center West
Emergencies happen and when it happens to you, you want the fastest and highest quality care you can receive. Mercy Medical Center West is the ďŹ rst hospital in the Knoxville area to post the average emergency room wait time on a billboard located on I-40 just before the Lovell Road exit. Mercy West is conveniently located on Parkside Drive in the Turkey Creek shopping area. â€œOur goal is to provide patients quality service in a reasonable timeframe,â€? said Stephen Russell, M.D, board-certiďŹ ed emergency medicine physician and the Medical Director of the Mercy West Emergency Department. â€œWhile we see a wide variety of common and complex medical problems in the ER, our staff of doctors, nurses and technicians work hard to make the ER as efďŹ cient as possible in order to reduce wait times.â€?
The new billboard, the first of its kind in Knoxville, is located on I-40 West near Lovell Road.
The average ER wait time is updated every 20 minutes and can change quickly depending on the number of patients arriving at the ER and the severity of their conditions. The wait time is based on a patientâ€™s time of arrival at registration to the time when seen by a qualiďŹ ed healthcare professional.
The Mercy West ER routinely scores in the top 10 percent in patient satisfaction. Source: Press Ganey
â€œPosting the average ER wait time illustrates our commitment to getting a patient seen as soon as possible,â€? Russell added. â€œPatients in a life threatening situation will obviously be seen immediately. The wait time posting is designed for patients with minor injuries or illnesses to know what kind of wait is ahead of them.â€? Patients experiencing an emergency, such as a heart attack, or patients unsure of the urgency of their medical problem, should call 911 and seek immediate care at the closest emergency department. The ER at Mercy West is available 24/7 and treats men, women and children.
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